New e-book on how to design conferences

Hot off the press: “Conferences That Make a Difference,” co-authored by Washington Nonprofits Associate Director, Nancy Bacon!

Do you organize an annual conference? Are you looking to deepen the learning that happens at your conference? Want ideas on how to organize activities that help people take action on what they learn? 

You are warmly invited to download this free e-book for ideas on how to design a conference that makes a difference. It was written for membership organizations or association staff interested in expanding the learning aspects of your annual conference.

The e-book covers four elements of conference design:

  • Strategy and overall approach
  • Pre-conference activities
  • The big day: Deliver a day that makes a difference
  • Make it stick: Post-conference activities

The appendix provides ready-to-use tools. If you have attended any Washington Nonprofits conference, you will recognize some of these ideas and resources!

This e-book represents a collaboration between Nancy Bacon at Washington Nonprofits and Mark Nilles at Humentum, an association based in the other Washington serving international NGOs. Nancy and Mark share an interest in designing learning events that change habits, support action, and build lasting connections. “A conference is one day in the life of someone with a lot of other things going on,” explains Nancy Bacon. “And conferences are a lot of work to produce! Let’s do everything possible to make sure that this investment in the day is a powerful learning experience that moves people and their communities forward.”

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Nancy Bacon formerly led the development and implementation of Washington Nonprofits’ learning and engagement programs.